On the morning of February 12, 2019, Mike passed away at his home in Brusett, Montana due to natural causes. Mike was 75 years old.
Mike Pierson was born October 27, 1943 in Glasgow, Montana to Charley and Clara (Barrett) Pierson. He was the youngest of three living children.
Mike attended school in the Billings, Montana area through the ninth grade. He then left home to work in cow camps and break colts. He landed his first job working in Cohagen, Montana for Bud and Bobbie Kramer. Mike got his feet wet starting colts at Kramers. Mike would then go on to work in various cow camps around Montana until the age of 17 when he got married to Cathy Richards and moved to California to work at the Los Angeles Horse and Mule Auction. Mike and Cathy welcomed two children to their union. Daughter Rhonda Jo in 1961 and son Kelly Eugene in 1964. After riding over 10,000 horses a year thru the sale ring and shoeing horses on the side, Mike moved his family back to Montana and settled on a ranch in the Missouri River Breaks in northwest Garfield County where he resided until his passing. In 1972 he married Peggy Huston and together they welcomed three children. Bo Patrick in 1982, Samantha Jo in 1984 and Tacy Marie in 1988.
There was no doubt that Mike’s passion was horses. With hard work and a whole lot of natural talent, Mike was very proud of the quality of horses he raised and trained over the years.
Mike’s family was very important to him. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids whether it be traveling, cowboying, working, fishing or just playing a “hot game” of cribbage around the dining room table.
Mike’s smile, laugh, kindness and ability to tell old stories will forever be remembered by his friends and family.
Mike was preceded in death by: father Charley, mother Clara, and brother Patrick.
Mike is survived by: sister Edie Evans of Spokane, WA, daughter Jo (Randy) Pierson Doyle of Palmdale, CA, son Kelly (Jodi) Pierson of Brusett, MT, son Bo (Jamie) Pierson of Brusett, MT, daughter Sami (Rory) Paxson of Miles City, MT and daughter Tacy (Jess) Van Voast of Turner, MT. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Dixie, Ike, Gwen, Cash, Charley, Colter, Alivia and Huston.
Graveside services will be held at the Hearts at Peace Cemetery in Brusett, MT on Monday February 18,2019 at 1:00pm followed by a potluck luncheon at the VFW Hall at 3:00 in Jordan, MT.
“I’ve lived a good life; I’ve been blessed with good family and great horses. It doesn’t really get any better than that if you ask me.” Mike Pierson